Cyprus on Thursday rejected suggestions there is a military build-up as part of Nato plans in the region and on the contrary, efforts were being made to get rid of the Turkish occupying forces.

The statement followed a threat voiced by Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Wednesday over what she claimed were talks between Cyprus and the US on expanding military cooperation.

“It [Cyprus] is being drawn into US and Nato plans in the eastern Mediterranean,” she said. “In Moscow, we can’t ignore the anti-Russian element in these [US] plans and in the event that they are implemented we will be forced to take countermeasures.”

Not only was the government not interested in any military build-up, Prodromos Prodromou said, but it was trying to settle the Cyprus problem and get rid of the occupying forces.

“This observation couldn’t refer to the Republic of Cyprus,” he said.

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